Local Food Convenings Database, 2007-2017

Over the past ten years, the local food sector has expanded greatly. Local food is now a common phrase at grocery stores, restaurants, and markets. Along with the increase in local food businesses and organizations, we have seen an increase in people meeting to discuss local food. These conferences and symposiums reflect the growth of the sector, and bring together many stakeholders from private sector, non-profit, philanthropic, government and academic institutions. The GW Food Institute developed a database of convenings held from 2007-2017 that were either focused-on or related-to local food. The database was created using an online search, and so does not include convenings which were held without an online presence, or those where the website was no longer available. Still, we were able to identify over 560 convenings held in all 50 states over the past decade. The spreadsheet of convenings is available here for download, and we encourage other institutions to use this as the basis for their own research and understanding of this sector. The findings from our own data analysis will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.

Local Food Convenings Database, 2007-2017 (.xlsx)